One of my favourite things about being a Children and Youth librarian is that every morning someone puts on my desk all the new books that have arrived at our Branch for me to look over. It’s a really great way for me to know what we have in our collection, and I’m learning about all kinds of great new books.
Considering I don’t have time to read everything, I thought I would highlight some of the books that I find on my desk that look really interesting.
Being in the Belly of the Bloodhound by L.A Meyer (2008) - In this installment in the series, the teen is back in Boston as a student at the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls. While there, she tries to comport herself as a proper young lady in polite society. When the girls go on a field trip to a nearby island, they are kidnapped and put on a slave ship called the Bloodhound, which is bound for Africa. Jacky quickly falls back on her seagoing experience to organize the captives into divisions and devise a daring escape plan, which could mean the difference between life and death
Stravaganza: City of Ships by Mary Hoffman (2010) - The Stravagante is Isabel, a younger twin by a matter of minutes. Her talisman is a pouch of silver mosaic tiles and she stravagates to Classe, where she is met by Flavia, a successful female merchant who trades spices, silks, tapestries, and whose son is an outcast and a pirate. Isabel finds that Classe and Bellezza are under threat from attack by the fierce Gate people. What can she do to help save the city? This is a thrilling story packed with action, pirates and drama.
The Rhinestone Sisterhood by David Valdes Greenwood (2010) - Ride a bull. Chat up a Senator. And get your homework in on time. It’s all in a day’s work for a festival queen.If you assume all pageant queens are airheads who can’t handle geography, or vain girls who like to parade around in bathing suits, then welcome to the alternative universe of America’s festival queens. With titles like Catfish Queen and Swine Queen, and royal duties ranging from leading parades to kissing frogs to doing PR for local industries, these hardworking girls represent the best of what America has to offer: local cultures, unique traditions, and the kind of can-do community spirit that makes Main Street sparkle with promise.